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  • First Strike

    First Strike

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Eric Nylund
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Del Rey (2003, Dec 2nd).
    Pages:   352

    The Human-Covenant war rages on as the alien juggernaut sweeps inexorably toward its final goal: destruction of all human life!

    Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life, neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches.

    Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the "Master Chief." Yet even with the aid of the artificial intelligence Cortana, the Master Chief will be hard-pressed to rescue survivors and evade the Covenant ships patrolling the remains of Halo in debris-strewn space.

    Ahead lies a dangerous voyage home, through a gauntlet of Covenant forces. For the sake of all, the Master Chief and his war-torn squad must not only survive, but take the fight to the enemy with a decisive first strike.

    This novel is based on a Mature-rated video game.

    Bungie, Halo, Xbox, the Microsoft Game Studios logo and the Xbox Logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Used under license. © 2003 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Kissing Sin (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 2)

    Kissing Sin (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 2)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Keri Arthur
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Dell (2007, Jan 30th).
    Pages:   400

    Vampire-werewolf heroine Riley Jensen escapes an unknown enemy's breeding pens to kick off the second installment of Arthur's urban fantasy series (following Full Moon Rising). The action and sex come fast and furious as Riley works with her twin brother, her boss at Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, as well as most of her lovers (who include a vampire with werewolf issues, a werewolf with mixed loyalties, an alpha werewolf and a horse-shifter) to uncover and derail a nefarious plot to create an army of super-beings. Strong world-building, vivid personalities and the distinctive cultures of each of the various paranormal strains combine for a rich narrative, and Arthur's descriptive prose adds texture and menace. She also creates strong empathy for Riley, whose vampire half is beginning to assert itself, making her already precarious fertility problems worse. more

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  • Tempting Evil (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 3)

    Tempting Evil (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 3)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Keri Arthur
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Dell (2007, Feb 27th).
    Pages:   416

    In a world of sorcery and seduction, the nights bring out the beautiful, the damned, and the desired. Here, Riley Jenson is on her own–half werewolf, half vampire, working for an organization created to police the supernatural races. Trusting her superiors and lovers barely more than she trusts her worst enemies, Riley plays by her own set of rules. Her latest mission: to enter the heavily guarded pleasure palace of a criminal named Deshon Starr–a madman-scientist who's been messing around in the gene pool for decades. With two sexy men–a cool, seductive vampire and an irresistibly hot wolf–vying for her attention, Riley must keep focused. Because saving the world from Deshon Starr will mean saving herself–from the trap that's closing in around her. . more

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  • Dangerous Games (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 4)

    Dangerous Games (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 4)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Keri Arthur
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Dell (2007, Mar 27th).
    Pages:   384

    In Melbourne's urban underworld, there's a nightclub for every fantasy and desire. But for Riley Jenson, one such club has become an obsession. Riley, a rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, hasn't come in pursuit of pleasure but of an unknown killer who's been using the steamy nightspot as his hunting grounds.Leave it to Riley to find the only ticket into the heavily guarded club: Jin, a deliciously hot-bodied bartender who might just provide the key to unmasking a killer unlike any other in the Directorate's experience. Taunted by a former colleague turned rogue, distracted by an ex-lover's attentions, Riley follows Jin into a realm of pleasure she could never have imagined. And as danger and passion ignite, a shocking mystery begins to unravel—one where Riley herself becomes the ultimate object of desire. more

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  • Embraced By Darkness (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 5)

    Embraced By Darkness (Riley Jensen, Guardian, Book 5)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Keri Arthur
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Dell (2007, Jul 31st).
    Pages:   384

    She's hunting a killer—and shattering every boundary—she's ever known.…Part vamp, part werewolf, Riley Jenson plays by her own rules, whether it’s her stormy love life or her job as a guardian. But when her family’s alpha male demands that she solve the mystery of a vanished girl, Riley can feel a trap closing in around her. Because the job comes with a catch: if Riley fails, her own mother will die. Now the stakes are raised, the hunt is on...and when more women vanish, Riley is caught between a lover who demands that she give up her work, a serial killer who knows no boundaries, and a club where humans and supernaturals mix—at their own peril. Thrust into a realm of seduction and violence unlike any she could have imagined, Riley has to battle to save everything she holds dear. more

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  • Last Dragon Standing

    Last Dragon Standing

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   G. A. Aiken
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Zebra; 1 edition (2010, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   352

    I know what they see when they look at me. The charming, soft-spoken dragoness bred from the most powerful of royal bloodlines. A disguise stronger than any battle shield that allows me to keep all suitors at tail's length. A technique that's worked until him. Until Ragnar the Cunning, handsome barbarian warlord and warrior mage from the desolate Northlands. Unlike those who've come before him, he does not simply submit to my astounding charm and devastating smile. Instead, he dismisses me as vapid, useless and, to my great annoyance, rather stupid! Yet I'll allow no male to dismiss me. Soon he'll learn my worth, my many skills, and the strength of my will. For this one challenges me enough to make me want to ruthlessly taunt him, tease him and, finally, when the trap is set, bring him to his knees. more

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  • Blood Trinity: Book 1 in the Belador Series

    Blood Trinity: Book 1 in the Belador Series

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Pocket; Original edition (2010, Oct 19th).
    Pages:   528

    Supernatural warriors bound by an extraordinary code of honor face an ultimate test of loyalty in the exciting new paranormal thriller from New York Times bestselling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love.Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. An outcast among Beladors, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between human and beast her whole life. Her origins unknown, she's on a quest to learn more about her past . . . and her future. When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there's no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she's on a deadly quest for her own survival. Through the sordid underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the front lines of the city, where her former allies have joined forces to hunt her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price. more

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  • Forgotten Country

    Forgotten Country

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Catherine Chung
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Riverhead Hardcover (2012, Mar 1st).
    Pages:   352

    A Booklist Top 10 First Novels of 2012 pick A Bookpage Best Books of 2012 pick On the night Janie waits for her sister, Hannah, to be born, her grandmother tells her a story: Since the Japanese occupation of Korea, their family has lost a daughter in every generation, so Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As time passes, Janie hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Her father tells tales about numbers, and in his stories everything works out. In her mother's stories, deer explode in fields, frogs bury their loved ones in the ocean, and girls jump from cliffs and fall like flowers into the sea. Within all these stories are warnings. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth beneath her family's silence. more

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  • The Horns of Ruin

    The Horns of Ruin

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tim Akers
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Pyr; Original edition (2010, Nov 30th).
    Pages:   269

    Akers (Heart of Veridon) creates a complex steampunk world in which rival brothers Morgan, Alexander, and Amon are revered as gods. The last of Morgan's Paladins, Eva Forge, is tasked with providing security for Barnabas, the Fratriarch of the Cult of Morgan, just as a plot is set in motion--ostensibly by the remnants of the Cult of Amon--to destroy the Morganites. As she travels from the monorails above the city of Ash to the hidden underground lairs of the remaining Amonites, Forge is forced to face her preconceptions and question her training and her understanding of the world in which she lives. Ash is a vibrant city, and the cults of the three brothers have a relationship as ambivalent and complicated as the relationship among any actual siblings. more

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  • Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Vol. 1)

    Dragon Keeper (Rain Wilds Chronicles, Vol. 1)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Robin Hobb
    Format:   Mass Market Paperback
    Publisher:   Eos; Reprint edition (2011, Jan 25th).
    Pages:   512

    Here be dragons—but debilitated, deformed, damaged dragons, hatched too soon, sick and starving, into a world that has mostly forgotten them. The first of Hobb's Rain Wild Chronicles, an absorbing extension of her Liveship and Tawny Man trilogies, introduces 15 young dragons who struggle to survive with the grudging help of mutant Rain Wilders. Eventually driven out by the Traders Council, the hatchlings decide to seek Kelsingra, their ancient home. Caught up by the dragons' plight and longing to escape unhappy families and the stifling Rain Wild culture, self-taught dragon scholar Alise Kincannon and teenage tree-dwelling mutant Thymara volunteer to accompany them on the quest, with the help of magnetic liveship captain Leftrin and a host of colorful characters. more

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